If you’re looking for the cheapest diapering option, penny for penny, then cloth diapers will save you the most money in the long-run — especially the kind that grow from infancy to toddlerhood.
Disposables will cost about $2,000 per child (and eco-friendly, biodegradable ones can run you well over $3,000), yet most cloth diapering systems will cost anywhere from $200 – $1,000. You also have to take into consideration that cloth diapers can be reused for all of your children, so it’s really saving you thousands of dollars in the long run.
Save on disposables:
Once you have a preference on a favorite disposable diaper brand, buying the package with the largest count is the most cost effective. The only exception might be when your baby is a newborn or has almost outgrown his or her current size, because you might end up wasting more than you use.
While name-brand diapers are thought to have the best fit, you can save a lot more money by buying economy-size boxes of store-brand diapers for comparable quality.
While comparing different brands of diapers also compare the diaper counts in each package
Most brands will overlap the size recommendations (for instance, size 1 will cover 8 to 14 pounds; size 2 will cover 12 to 18 pounds), so try and stay in the smaller size for as long as possible. The smaller size will generally have more diapers per package. But also make sure that you’re not squeezing your baby into a smaller diaper because that can cause diaper rash.
Always look for manufacturer coupons online or in the paper before buying any diapers.
Join discount warehouse clubs like BJ’s, Sam’s Club and Costco.
Sign up for a free discount card at local grocery stores and drug stores for automatic discounts and exclusive sales.
Save on cloth:
You have to look at buying cloth diapers as an investment: It’s much more money to buy a cloth diapering system than to pick up a $20 box of Huggies, but it will save you thousands in the long run. If you skimp on the number of diapers you buy, you’re more likely to get frustrated with the amount of laundry and succumb to buying disposables instead — which is basically like throwing your investment down the drain. Make sure you have enough cloth diapers to make it through two or three days.
Consider buying a start-up package before investing in an entire diapering system, only because there are so many different types to choose from. You’ll want to make sure you’re using the best one for your baby and lifestyle.
Laundering the diapers yourself will save you hundreds of dollars in the diaper aisle.
When shopping around for different cloth diapering companies, keep an eye out for big sales on start-up packages and diapering systems. It’s also a good idea to fan companies on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for insider coupons and deals.